H&M X BALMAIN

With 17 international labels – including Versace, Marni and Karl Lagerfeld – already having come on board, H&M’s designer collaboration is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the fashion calendar. Queues snake around the block on the morning a new collaboration drops into stores and the collection itself will sell out within hours – it was claimed that the Versace collaboration sold out in 30 minutes.

And now the 18th tie-up has been announced and it is perhaps the most intriguing so far. Balmain is most famous for its beautifully crafted (and eye-wateringly expensive) haute couture pieces and so is perhaps not the first label most people would imagine partnering with the mighty Swedes. But the result might surprise you.

We’ve already gotten quite a few sneak peeks at the hyped-up Balmain for H&M collaboration. Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn wore pieces from collection to the Billboard Music Awards back in May, followed by the release of an ad campaign with Gigi Hadid in September. The lookbook was released officially last week — but not before someone leaked its contents on Instagram.

Well now, the mystery is over. We got our hands on images of every last piece that will be for sale when the collaboration hits stores on Nov. 5th. This is not H&M’s cheapest collaboration, with a few items surpassing the £300 mark.

I’m especially sorry to say it, but this ‘limited edition’ embellished dress worn by Gigi Hadid to a NYFW party. Price tag: £399.99.

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But there are still plenty of items under £100 for those with champagne taste on a beer budget, or, you know, Balmain taste on an H&M budget.

Prepare to fall in love with Olivier Rousteing

At just 29 years-old and already the creative director of an established fashion house, Olivier Rousteing is a trailblazer in the fashion industry – and he’s also extremely lovable. In the latest interview clip released by H&M in anticipation of the collaboration launch he speaks about what fashion means to him. “I was in an orphange, I didn’t know my parents,” he says.
“…so I always used clothes to actually identify myself. When you wear clothes, you create a world, you create your own world. I think Balmain today is a vision of the new world.”

“I think confidence is the most important thing. But also I think sexy and powerful,” he adds. “I think Balmain DNA is all about unique, and I can’t express how much I’m so excited and how much I enjoy it.”

What is most delightful about Rousteing, as comes across in this clip, is his love of fashion – he doesn’t take it too seriously, and that’s exactly what it should be about. (It also helps that he has cheekbones that could slice ice and a pout to make Rosie Huntington-Whiteley jealous, of course.) Anyway, prepare to see a lot more of this young man over the coming months and to love him a little bit more each time.

So here it is – Your Balmation Collaboration:

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Gigi Hadid For Topshop

Things keep getting better for 20-year-old Gigi Hadid. The California model has been announced as the face of Topshop’s Fall campaign, launching in stores, online, and in print this month. Shot by Tyrone Lebon and styled by Topshop creative director Kate Phelan, the photographs feature Hadid looking casually cool in the latest wares by the high-street retailer.

Hadid’s appointment comes after two seasons of ads fronted by Cara Delevingne. For the retailer, choosing the American model is more than just a social media play—don’t forget Hadid has 4.8 million Instagram followers—but also a way to expand its international reach. Topshop has stores in the works in the Middle East, Germany, Canada, Panama, and New Zealand, in addition to new third-party retailers in Southeast Asia, the Netherlands, and across Europe for 2016. By choosing a non-British model of mixed ethnicity, the brand sheds a little bit of its British heritage but positions itself as a retailer for cool women everywhere of every race.

“Working with Gigi Hadid on this campaign continues to strengthen our international vision for the Topshop brand,” said Sir Philip Green. “We are continually developing our footprint across all markets with ambitious plans both in the U.K. and internationally, and I feel like Gigi is an ideal ambassador to underpin these efforts.”

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Spring/Summer 2015 Marc Jacobs

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A BUBBLE GUM pink suburban house sits on pink gravel in the Park Lane Armoury. The audience are seated on banks of shagpile pink carpeted benches and each given a pair of Beats by Dr Dre headphones to wear for the show. Through the headphones a disembodied voice intones instructions: “Bring out the crooked smile and the backpack”; “Go into the house and take a shower”.

Is he talking to the Marc Jacobs army parading around the exterior of the house in military serge with their mandarin-collared jackets and oversized buttons? Is he controlling the girls with their shaggy black bobs and their satin-belted army style? Who is he?

Fashion shows as theatre is something Jacobs is a master of and possibly it distracts from seeing the clothes for what they are. Certainly some of the details like the huge resin buttons, the macramé lace inserts, the rich luxury of the wool and linen were of the highest quality. It didn’t look much like a spring/summer collection but the glitter-strapped sliders will no doubt be on everyone’s wish list any day now.

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Spring/Summer 2014-15 DKNY

HAPPY Birthday DKNY! The all-American label that has been busy creating contemporary and sports-infused clothes for the past 25 years certainly had something to celebrate at its show today – for that’s a long time in fashion years.

The best way to mark such an occasion is, of course, to take a trip down memory lane and revisit your best bits, which is exactly what happened here with scuba-tight dresses and city-slick tailoring, utility vibes and plenty of DKNY logos – plus Karlie Kloss in red and current face of the brand Rita Ora to close. Well, it is its party after all.

DKNY as seen on the beautiful Gigi Hadid

To shop more DKNY visit: www.dkyn.com